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Transgender MMA Fighter Continues to Divide Fight Community

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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has revised her position on fighting transgender athletes; she says she will decide whether to fight an opponent on a case-by-case basis.

Her revision comes as the MMA world is split over the question of Fallon Fox, known to be the first transgender athlete in MMA.

Fox opened up about her gender reassignment in an article published by Sports Illustrated.

“A reporter came after me,” she told the magazine, “and asked me questions about my past. I was scared I could be outed, I felt like I had it coming, so I got ahead of it.

“The scope of anger and vitriol that I received initially … That was disheartening, tragic. It was mind-blowing.”

Fox immediately divided opinion in the MMA world.

She was described by UFC fighter Matt Mitrione as a “lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.”

While UFC commentator Joe Rogan was just as outspoken: “You’re a f*@king man!” he raged. “And she wants to be able to fight women in MMA. I say no f*@king way. If you had a dick at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a dick.”

Rousey initially refused to even consider fighting Fox, but has since reviewed her position.

Fox was born Boyd Burton on November 29, 1975. He showed signs of struggling with his gender from the age of 5; when he would sneak into his sister’s bedroom and dress in her clothes.

He later married his girlfriend, with whom he had a child. But the confusion continued.

In 2000 he came across the term ‘gender dysphoria’ and began to understand his condition.

Burton served with the navy between 1996 and 2000. Upon his release he began to seek treatment with a therapist.

But in 2006 Boyd decided to make the change and flew to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.

She described having the procedure as ‘empowering’.

She returned to the US a woman and continued driving trucks for a living.

Then she came across MMA.

“You see things in movies with strong female characters that can fight; but seeing it in real life sucked me in. I saw these women in MMA and thought they were amazing.

Fox said fighting made her “feel like I was just like everyone else.”

She now has an MMA record of 5-1 (all against women fighters).

She believes her previous gender gives her no advantages.

“I’ve been through a lot of things to change myself from male to female … they decrease my testosterone levels to lower than any other female on the planet who’s not transgender.”

The medical fraternity back up these claims.

“Male to female transsexuals have significantly less muscle strength and bone density, and higher fat mass, than males,” said Dr Eric Vilain, director at the Institute for Society and Genetics at UCLA. Dr Vilain was integral in assisting the association of boxing commissions piece together its transgender policy.

However, UFC supremo Dana white remains unconvinced.

“Bone structure is different, hand s are bigger, jaw is bigger, everything is bigger. I don’t believe in it. I don’t think someone who used to be a man and became a woman should be able to fight a woman.”

Club Revolt in NRL Gives Ultimatum to CEO Smith

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NRL CEO Dave Smith has been given an ultimatum: Either you go or we do.

The threat comes from some of the most powerful figures in rugby league –  frustrated with the changes and inconsistencies implemented by Smith in his year at the helm.

Last week’s TV rights negotiations saw Fox Sports and Telstra effectively snubbed from the deal. This caused much heated discussion and finger pointing among club presidents towards Smith and Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman John Grant.

In response, 12 clubs are considering breaking away from the NRL in 2017 when their contracts expire.

The new 12 club league would leave out those clubs currently being supported by the NRL: Wests tigers, St George Illawarra, Newcastle, and the perennially embattled Gold Coast.

The influential figures were incensed when Fox Sports and Telstra were omitted from the TV right negotiations.

This fury was only multiplied when News Corp then partnered with the Seven Network to inject $2.5 billion into AFL through a revised television deal – money that could have gone to them.

These blunders are, however, just the latest in a long list of complaints against Smith: Inconsistent judiciary rulings, the insipid and unclear changes made to the shoulder charge rule, and the multi-million dollar blowout of executive salaries for certain staff employed by Smith have incurred ire at every turn.

The game’s powerbrokers, it seems, have finally had enough.

Rousey Announces Holly Holm as Next Opponent

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Undisputed UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has stunned the MMA world – again. In defiance of public expectation she has announced her next title defence will be against American Holly Holm.

The champion was expected to fight Miesha Tate at UFC 195, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Januray 2.

But the superstar announced on breakfast television that Holm would be given the honour.

“She ‘s the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial ars,” said Rousey about Holm.

“Not the women’s division, not the bantamweight division. She’s a 19-time boxing champion. Holly Holm was The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound Fighter of the Year, and definitely my biggest challenge to date. I’m super excited about it.

“She’s not the average chick I would fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought, and striking is something I learned much later in my career.

“I can take anybody. I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there. No one’s easy until you beat them. Holly Holm is the type ready to go 12 boxing rounds.

“I don’t ever expect the fights to be easy and fast.

“A lot of the guys you see, the first round is more of a feel-out period, and they’re both kind of sizing them up and taking their time.

“There’s no feel-out period in my fights. It starts right away. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and the first exchange is the most dangerous.”

You can  say that again Ronda!

The champion’s last three title defences have lasted a combined 64 seconds! She holds the perfect record of 12-0 with only one of those fights going to the second round. Her last fight, against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 lasted a mere 34 seconds.

Holm is also undefeated with a UFC record of 9-0. She is four years older than Rousey, at 33; and has most recently won a decision victory against Marion Reneau.

Holm has slipped under the radar thus far. Her 33-2-3 (with nine knockouts) record from professional boxing hasn’t yet got the respect it deserves in the UFC.

It appears that’s about to change.

Green Wins 10 Rounder Against Bolonti

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Danny Green has made a decisive impact in his comeback fight against Argentina’s Roberto Bolonti, at the Hisense arena in Melbourne.

A fit and focused Green took a big step towards securing a multimillion dollar rematch with Anthony Mundine by overcoming the highly credentialed Bolonti in a bruising, yet entertaining encounter.

Fans of the green Machine might have been worried as green started slowly. He was looking to land his big right, but was given few opportunities.

But as the fight progressed Green settled into a comfortable range and rhythm.

Though 42 years of age (6 years older than Bolonti) and without a fight for the last three years, Green showed fitness and ring smarts.

Curiously, Bolonti did not capitalise on Green’s early inactivity. He pressed forward throughout the fight, often to his own detriment by walking into Green’s devastating rights.

“It was a very awkward fight,” said a relieved Green. “He’s survivor and he can punch. He’s a strong man, an ox.”

All three judges scored the 10 rond fight 100 – 90 to the Australian.

Green was elliptical about talk of challenging Mundine. “In his insular world he (Mundine) is king, but he needs to look outside his bubble.” Green believed the public didn’t really care to watch Mundine fight. He underscored this by saying he wouldn’t be fussed’ if the fight never went ahead.

“He needs a fight with me more than I need a fight with him.”

Green Faces Big challenge in Bolonti

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Boxer Danny Green steps into the ring against Argentinian powerhouse Roberto Bolonti at Hisense Arena on Wednesday.

Green admits it won’t be an easy fight.

His opponent has won 36 of his career 39 fights; with his only losses coming at the hands of world champion Jurgen Brahmer and leading contender Tony Bellew. Even then the fights were close and went the full distance.

Green, on the other hand, has spent the last three years fishing, surfing and making sporadic television appearances.

“It’s a risky fight,” said a very wary Green, “because Bolonti has been active, in real fights and I’ve only been training in the gym.

“He’s match-fit and won a title fight by knockout in Argentina only two weeks ago. He jumped at the chance to fight me on short notice so that shows how keen and confident he is. It only makes for a more exciting fight.”

Notorious fight-picker Anthony Mundine is watching the fight carefully. He is looking for an ‘adequate’ opponent for his last few money-spinning fights. Depending upon the form green shows Mundine may choose to step into the ring with him for the third time.

When the two last met (in 2006) the match became the riches ever on Australian shores. Mundine outpointed a surprisingly flat-footed Green in a rather boring 12 rounmds.

Green enters the ring against Bolonti with a record of 33-5 (28 KOs); while Bolonti boasts 36-3 (25 KOs).

MMA Fighter Competes While Pregnant

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Questions are being asked after a pre-fight medical exam failed to identify the pregnancy of Brazilian mixed martial artist Kinberly Novaes.

Novaes was weight-cutting for four weeks prior to a fight weigh-in. Despite severely curbing her calorie intake she gained one kilogram during a six-day period.

Novaes was reluctant to visit a doctor, but she eventually allowed herself to be persuaded.

“The doctor immediately asked me if I was pregnant,” Novaes said to MMAFighting.com. “I insisted I was not, that I had an intestine issue. But he asked for a blood test. One hour later, he told us I was pregnant. I cried a lot, ran out of the hospital, but I realised that was good news. I thought I was sick, but I had a baby instead.”

The concern comes because it meant Novaes was 24 weeks pregnant. This meant she was 12 weeks pregnant in her fight against Renata Baldan. She defeated her compatriot in May for the 115-pound Brazilian Noxii title.

Noxii promoter, Brunos Barros (whose organisation is not overseen by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission – accepted responsibility for the dangerous oversight.

“I didn’t ask for the exm. That’s the truth,” he told MMAFighting.

“I didn’t even think about the possibility of a woman fighting while pregnant, going through a camp and dehydrating and everything … Thank God everything is fine with the baby.”

A morphology ultrasound revealed the foetus was ‘healthy and strong’ relieving Noaves and her partner Jacson Carvalho (also an MMA fighter).

Novaes said she was worried about the unborn child when she found out she was pregnant.

“I suffered a lot to make weight for my last fight. (I) couldn’t dehydrate properly … and I was already training to fight again next week, but the doctor said everything is fine.”

Novaes announced on her Facebook page that she was withdrawing from her scheduled August 21 fight. But she intends to climb back in the cage in 2016 to follow her dream of breaking into the US market.

Rousey v Tate 3 – Worth Watching?

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With the feud over fight-weight between Rousey and Justino seeming intractable (Rousey wants to fight at 135 lbs, Justino at 145 lbs) many are giving up on the idea of the two meeting.

That leaves the UFC roster: Many are wondering if there are any UFC women bantamweights who can even take Rousey to the first round bell? The champion has needed a total of 64 seconds to destroy her last three opponents, and never has never even looked threatened.

Enter Miesha Tate.

Again.

Miesha has fought and lost to Rousey twice. She coached opposite her in the during the TUF 20 season. And she is riding on a high after defeating the formidable Jessica Eye.

Could the third time against Rousey be a charm for Tate?

Tate thinks so.

Tate and her coach looked through Rousey’s recent fight against Bethe Correia – all 34 seconds of it. Even though it was a lopsided slaughter both believe Rousey was far from flawless. And she plans to exploit those weaknesses.

Furthermore, Tate is euphoric after beating a superior striker in Eye. “… beating someone at their own game – someone who was supposed to outbox me and be such a great striker and all of these awesome things – says a lot about the evolution of my striking game,” said Tate.

Tate has also changed her strength and conditioning training, moving to Phase 1 sports in Las Vegas. It’s training venue for elite athletes. Tate says she has dramatically improved her power and endurance.

Polish Giant Wins Belt With KO of the Year

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The social media world has gone into overdrive at the vicious KO of Marco Huck at the hands of previously unknown Krzysztof Glowacki.

Glowacki, a 29 year-old Polish boxer stunned the WBO cruiserweight champion with a brutal 11th round knockout on Friday night. The win ended Huck’s six-year championship streak and cemented Glowacki as one of the most devastating punchers on the planet.

The win was Glowacki’s 26th career victory.

“My trainer (Fiodor Lapin) told me to pace myself and I didn’t listen to him,” said a clearly euphoric Glowacki. “I knew the second part of the fight wasn’t mine, so I decided to go for broke. Not even for a second did I think I would lose this fight.

“This is the biggest night of my life.”

Huck’s promoter, Lou DiBella, said it was a magnificent fight, even though it was his man that ended on the canvas.

“Huck had pulled ahead and he is a beastly strong guy,” said DiBella. “But this Glowacki did not stop coming. He was like the undertaker. He was dead on the canvas and got up and went and got Huck. That was a great fight.

“This is the entertainment business, and that was entertainment.”

Huck spent most of his boxing career in his native Germany, but moved to America to build his career.

He remained firm against a strong-starting Glowacki, enduring a first round flurry of aggressive punches.

In the sixth round Huck stunned the Pole and came within a hair’s breadth of winning the fight.

Glowacki managed to stay in the contest. The two traded blows until the 11th round when Glowacki landed several bell-ringers on Huck’s chin, leading to the KO.

Huck was ahead on all three scorecards until he hit the canvas.

Jessica Eye Talks About Femininity and Fighting

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Number 6 ranked women’s UFC bantamweight Jessica Eye spoke to Cosmopolitan magazine this week about the image of femininity in her sport.

The 29 year-old has followed the lead of division champion Ronda Rousey and spoken about issues that have affected her throughout her life and the stability her sport has provided.

“As a young girl, I did not know my mother,” said Eye. “I didn’t meet her until I was 16 years old. I missed out on some of the things that most females get to do, like talk to their mums about makeup.

“My father and my brothers raised me to be a tough tomboy. I was bullied at a young age and through my early teenage years by my father.”

But Eye was adamant she did have a very feminine side to her. She went further saying she believed most female sportswomen believed to be tomboys are probably the same.

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Jessica Eye images: https://twitter.com/jessicaevileye

“I think the biggest misconception about female athlete is that we’re tomboys and that we’re not pretty; we’re not girls – we’re just like male figures in the sport.. We’re not! We’re females too. We still like to get dressed up, we still like to put makeup on, we still like to go out on dates and be treated lkike women.”

Eye said she was pidgeon-holed by her peers because of her bodyshape growing up.

“I’ve always had an athletic build, so sometimes I didn’t fill out tank tops the right way, or I couldn’t wear certain outfits because my legs were bigger, my calves were bigger, or my body was more athletic than your typical female, with a big chest and a giant butt and skinny legs.

“To me, it took me getting older that I was like, ‘You know what, I like how I am.’ I like having big legs! I like having wide shoulders! I like those things now.”

One has to wonder – If Jessica Eye is so content with herself why tell us?

Aldo-McGregor to Fight on December 12th

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It’s finally happened.

The date and venue have been agreed upon for the Conor McGregor/ Jose Aldo featherweight unification bout.

The two will headline for UFC 194 on December 12 at the MGM grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.

UFC head-honcho Dana White confirmed the speculation in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.

The UFC had considered hosting the fight at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as the MGM was unavailable for the proposed date of 5th December.

Hoever, officials at the MGM grand ‘moved heaven and earth’ (White’s words) to ensure the venue was available for December 12th.

And so terms were reached.

White added that the 12th actually works out better for his organisation as it doesn’t conflict with any other major sporting events.

However, t means the Ronda Rousey – Miesha Tate fight will most likely be moved to sometime early in 2016.

The Aldo-McGregor fight is expected to be one of the most watched fights in history. Even though Rousey has proven she is a massive draw for the UFC a third fight against Tate won’t have the interest of the first two.

UFC boss Dana White was adamant Rousey and Tate would have their own card (and not fight under Aldo and McGregor.

With the Aldo-McGregor fight now officially sanctioned and set the media are gearing up for what always is a lively, even controversial, promotion.